Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. is willing to pay more than $85 a share for Time Warner Inc.,
reports Bloomberg News, which deems it "a sign Rupert Murdoch is undeterred after being rebuffed in an initial offer... To appease antitrust regulators, the companies would sell CNN...since Fox already has Fox News." Murdoch's rationale: "A Fox-Time Warner deal should be allowed to go through given consolidation in the cable industry, including the proposed deal to combine Comcast and Time Warner Cable." [more inside]
What happens when you take four cameras and shoot a timelapse of the night sky, and then stitch the resultant videos together? Pure trippin' amazement.
When can I spot the Space Station? The International Space Station can easily be spotted with the naked eye. Because of its size (110m x 100m x 30m) it reflects very much sunlight.
This simple tool will tell you all of the opportunities you can view the ISS over the next ten days, along with a brightness index and a map tracing its transit across your local sky. The red line shows where the ISS is sunlit and visible. On the blue line the ISS is in the Earth's shadow and invisible or it is less than 10° above the horizon. [more inside]
Chandra Sky Map
- Joe DePasquale
runs through the process of creating the map and some helpful tips for using the interactive tool.
A comet has been discovered and we may get to see it.
If it doesn't boil away first, we'll be able to see it November 29th, 2013, give or take a day.
Lots of back-slapping on the comet email list
If you are very lucky you may see a fire rainbow once or twice in your life.
- Lowell Bergman (the journalist portrayed by Al Pacino in The Insider
) has investigated News Corporation
for PBS Frontline [transcript]
. He depicts Rupert Murdoch's British operation as a criminal enterprise, routinely hacking the voicemail and computers of innocent people, and using bribery and coercion to infiltrate police and government over decades. Enemies are ruthlessly "monstered
" by the tabloids. Bergman also spoke to NPR's Fresh Air
But the hits keep coming: in recent days News Corp has been accused of hacking rival pay TV services and promoting pirated receiver cards in both the UK
. With the looming possibility of prosecution under America's Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
, how long will shareholders consider Rupert Murdoch irreplaceable? [Previous 1 2 3 4]
In 1995, the European Court of Justice famously intervened in the world of sports when it ruled on the Bosman Case
, rendering transfer fees for out-of-contract football players illegal, changing the economics of the sport completely.
2011 will see the ECJ make a landmark decision on the future of sports broadcasting that "could ruin the economic model that has made Premier League clubs among the richest in world football."
Perhaps doing a live to camera
from Andy Murray's local pub on the day he loses the Australian Open was not such a great idea. Especially since said pub had been open since 8am. (SLYT)
How is it possible for an individual to build a planetarium? In most cases it is impossible. One must first truly love the beauty of the night sky and be willing to share that love with others. Wisconsin Man Builds Planetarium in His Backyard. [more inside]
, host of "Star Gazer" (formerly known as "Star Hustler
") has died
. See this excellent post
on Horkheimer's work.
On July 17th, NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer
(WISE) satellite completed its first survey of the entire sky viewable from Earth
. After just seven months in orbit, WISE -- a precursor to the planned James Webb Space Telescope
-- has returned more than a million images that provide a close look at celestial objects
ranging from distant galaxies
. The first release of WISE data, covering about 80 percent of the sky, will be delivered to the astronomical community in May of next year
, but in the meantime we can see some of the images and animations that NASA has released to date: Galleries (containing just a small selection of images)
. Videos and Animations: 1
, 2 [more inside]
The Creature that Crawled on the Sky - Part 1
, Part 2
. More Skeleton Harvester
― merging Google Earth (Sky) with Hubblecast videos to learn more about what you're seeing in the night sky. [more inside]
Fire in the sky
- a meteor burns up somewhere over Western Canada. Really impressive video here
, another video
, TV news with more footage here
" is the dividing line between day and night
as seen from on high. This shadow line is diffuse
and shows the gradual transition to darkness we experience as twilight
. [more inside]
See Saturn this Saturday
April 12 is the second annual International Sidewalk Astronomy Night, a worldwide event coordinated by the Sidewalk Astronomers
. The group, founded in 1968 by John Dobson
(subject of this documentary
), is dedicated to a sort of guerrilla astronomy
-- experienced stargeeks bringing their really good telescopes
out to places where people are
. So even on your way to the bars, the shows, and the honky-tonk you can see stuff like this
- like these people
we'll help us find our way, someday
Not content to merely index all things terrestrial
, Google Earth now lets you set your sights on the sky
The AKARI mission has produced
the first infra-red sky map
in over 20 years.
Releaed British navy commander
: We were gathering intelligence on Iran (Watch the interview
: The sailors were on a legitimate UN mandate
: The MoD confirmed last night that the Iranians had made the claim that they had become interested in Cornwall's activities after learning about it on British television, but denied the decision to allow the ship's crew to be interviewed while on active duty had jeopardised the mission.
Paraglider survives 32,000ft fall.
A German paragliding champion named Ewa Wisnierska
was "sucked into a storm that pulled her higher than Mount Everest." She "soared skywards," and was soon "covered in ice" as she "battled hailstones the size of oranges," becoming one with the weather. "I could see the Earth coming," she later said, "wow, like Apollo 13
– I can see the Earth."
is a menagerie of skies collected by you and your internet neighbors. It consists in a gallery of photos capturing the sky all over the world. The site was inspired by the enchanted ceiling of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, which, by means of a spell, simulated the weather taking place outside. These pictures will nicely complement the pictures of the earth made from the sky
45,000 pounds + four 130 foot rotors + up to 200 mph Jet Stream winds = Energy Problem Solved
Like the monster mother of all kites
, a company called Sky Windpower
(which sports an excellent website about high altitude wind power)
has been founded by an Australian engineer with three others to attempt to harness the near limitless windpower of the jet stream
with a machine they call an FEG (Flying Electric Generator).
They're currently seeking $4 million to build a 200 kilowatt prototype but still need to get FAA clearance to fly it. The production models would generate 20 megawatts each and would be flown in farms of up to 600 turbines to generate enough power to light up two cities the size of Chicago. Power and control of the huge machines would be handled by a three inch thick tether connected to a winch on a ground station.
Man, I love Popular Science!
Clear Sky Clocks.
How dark is it going to be tonight?
will be a one-night event in which a glowing "cloud" of mobile phones and helium balloons is released into the air so that people can dial into the cloud and listen to the sounds of the sky.
The cloud will be made of one thousand large helium balloons each responding to the electromagnetic environment (created by distant storms, mobile phones, police and ambulance radios, television broadcasts, etc.) with coloured blue, red and yellow lights.
Celestial Atlases are perhaps some of the most beautiful scientific books ever published, capturing the mystery and the grandeur of the heavens, and rife with beautiful and often intimidating interpretations of the constellations. Out Of This World
has been my favorite website since the dawning of time, and one I go back to over and over again even though it never changes. The period from 1603 to 1801 produced the most beautiful star maps, and you don't have to know a thing about astronomy to appreciate how heavenly these are.
is a site dedicated to the Aurora Borealis- the science behind it, lights-spotting, forecasts
and historical interpretations
. If you live in North America and don't want to miss it, take advantage of the Aurora Alarm
, thanks to Mark Haun and his skywatching friends.